Monday, August 26, 2019


I waller because I can.  I own the bed and if I am in place before mom gets there...tough bananas.  I stays where I am.  She either sleeps on the other side or bribes me out with treats.  Up to her.

Guys, a sweet friend of mine thinks she may know what my illness is.  She has a daughter who is a doctor,  a pediatrician, and she herself is a college professor.   Was. as she is retired now.  A virus which is many times seen in children but adults get it too seems to be the culprit.    Today at least, I can eat, walk around with just the normal pain I endure in my back. All food tasted like flour and water paste for these eight days...even the ice cream I bought.  My breakfasts and the rest of my meals sat cooling while I read or wrote.  Even my coffee was tasteless and I'd barely get half a cup.  The pain was severe as like hammer blows to  the bones in my feet, ankles,  wrists and legs.  Apart from whatever I did to my knee which swelled up like the dickens and hurt equally badly,  I bloated up like a dead stoat layin' in the midday sun on a back road somewhere. All of this lasted till it started getting better yesterday afternoon.  Today, I pronounce myself cured. I ate a very savory supper and actually liked it.  Eight days. If you ask me via email or message, I'll share what it may have been.  One of my best friends came down with it too....same DAY! Same symptoms.  I just found out last evening! We haven't seen one another in three weeks.  So we didn't  give the virus too one another.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Birds, Knees and Stuff

My hummingbirds are drinking all of the nectar each 36 hours or so.  Families out there.  I love cooking more for them and keep refilling as often as they need it.  One girl looked like she was not well yesterday.  I really was sad if that was what it was.

She was sitting on the twigs I have there for them to rest on.  Her tail stayed fanned out.  Then, she let her head flop back a lot...after a minute she turned it sideways but it was still back.  That's not normal.  Finally she flew a short distance away.  Saw her last night.  Same fanned tail and "lazy"

My knee woke up yesterday hurting, swollen and stiffened.  NO idea what happened.  I was on the treadmill an hour but that should not have done it.  I was fine all day and went to bed OK.  Hoped for better when I went to bed last night.  It's still sore and swollen and stiff but not quite as painful.  No walking etc. for me, that's certain.

Yesterday since I couldn't do my usual,  I cleaned the fridge. And for the first time in my life I turned everything facing me...products with labels I meant.  I must have done a good job last time as nothing really needed cleaning and I only had to throw away 1 thing!  It's been months.

I still wonder how in the world I can put cans in the cupboards and the labels are always faced away from me.  You would think the law of averages would kick in and have me with SOME facing me!  I don't like turning them deliberately as I did with the fridge yesterday. But, I admit that it looks better and helped me choose things I needed.

goldfinch when I was still feeding them. 
Well.  Off to the store...all limpy and stuffs!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

I Love Turtles!

Look what a dear friend sent me today.  He rescued a big turtle and took him out of the road to the grassy area right beside the road.  I have done the same.  So far I only have seen the usual smaller box turtle.

Comparison w/ size 11 man's shoe

Face and shoulders

when he was placed in the grass

Biggafy for good view

Tim saying goodbye to his shelled friend.

headed toward nowhere.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Regarding that Warning From Google.

Google didn't have my password and use it...I wanted to be clear on that.  it was someone they caught with my password.  So they warned me, for which I am forever grateful.  I would say the IP address did not match those I have here in my possession i.e.  my devices, so they challenged the user to provide proof...I have had that happen occasionally when I used an unfamiliar  to them, device.  If I can respond to the text they send, all is well.  That's the "second verification".  I think it's a great idea.  Glad I provided the number of my phone ---though it took awhile to get myself to do it.  There have never been unwanted texts or calls.  I do recommend doing it.  Otherwise your account could be and would be closed and you can't access it.

That's all really.  Wanted to mention it to make it more clear.  Happy Saturday!  I'm taking Katie's favorite Brother home to the Big City  after he gets up to his huge breakfast.  Bacon, eggs, 3,  toast (no biscuits today nor gravy) coffee and lots of Katie attention.  She sure loves him.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Well, Google Did Well.

I was on my way home from a visit in another city when a text came in.  I have the device in a phone holder mounted on the front of the dashboard.  I saw what it said quickly as it flashed.  It said Google has stopped someone who had the password from logging into Admiral's blog.  Now how they got that I don't know but as soon as I got home and also checked with one of my sons (who truly would know) if it was a scam...he said no...I immediately did as Google said and changed passwords to a humdinger that I let Safari choose.

I'm glad I gave my cell No. to Google back a time ago so they could contact me if need be.  This  notification was a first and I am so glad of it.

Who reading this likes Westerns?  Anyone?  I am a nut for them.  LOVE 'em.  Plan Saturdays around them, to view as many as possible.  I am so pitiful that even if I have seen the same one in all the different TV shows, I will watch it anyway.  I clean house like nobodies business before settling to watch...I who never watch TV.  I'll sure watch those.  I have the TV loud enough that except for vacuuming, I can hear it in other parts of the house as I dust, wax, scrub the bathroom, do the kitchen wooden floor, do the counters, blag blah blah &  etc etc. I have my ears out on stalks trying to hear it.

I don't read them...I just watch.  My reading tastes are very very different however.

Here's the Roanoke Star on Mill Mountain, Roanoke VA. I took.  It's lit at night...very very large and the lighting is neon.  Just made me homesick seeing it.  I have always loved that Star.
Address2000 J B Fishburn Pkwy, Roanoke, VA 24014
Area21,780 ft²
After construction of the star, Roanoke was nicknamed "Star City of the South". Wikipedia

Friday, August 2, 2019

Drop in

Guys, this is an American Bobcat .  They are common around here and it's always a treat to come upon one.  They are in the Lynx family.

This guy was at a place of work here, and I liked how he used the cross walk to get across the street.

I so wish folks who don't like domestic cats did not extend that dislike to wild cats everywhere too.

 Their habitat is encroached upon so much; and as with hawks who will find a meal of a sparrow or the like, and some people get mad seeing these hungry creatures trying to find food wherever they can after their habitat was destroyed and made into housing.  Or business.  And the Cats of the world,  i.e. lions, tigers of all types, Mountain lions, Pumas, Lynx, you name them and some horrible "hunter" is out there killing them for the thrill of it.  Even little Bobcats suffer.

Anyway, here is a beautiful wild creature...forced into a huge Plant somewhere nearby.  Looking for food.  A Bobcat.